8 secrets to happy home decor
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By Elizabeth Jenkins
A happy home full of personality and panache can still look sophisticated. For inspiration, we turned to the guru of fun decor Jonathan Adler. Here are eight must-try tips from his latest book, 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life.
Knock, Knock2 of 9
Your front door is the first thing you—and others—see of your home. To make it truly welcoming, Adler recommends choosing a color that's both warm and eye-catching (he lacquered the front door of his Shelter Island, N.Y., home a bold orange).
Double Duty3 of 9
Figure out new, creative ways for decorative pieces to also be functional. For example, vintage ashtrays can become catchalls for keys and change or, as in Adler's space, a dog sculpture doubles as a hat rack.
Mix & Match4 of 9
Instead of grouping together like objects, such as crystal or a collection of leather books, Adler suggests randomly combining items. "The best results often happen by plunking a couple of beloved objects on a table and seeing what happens," he says.
In the Black5 of 9
One of the easiest ways to make a splash is with black paint. "Houses, entire suites of furniture—look smashing 'dressed' head-to-toe in it," says Adler. Try a single wall for a dramatic, sophisticated look that's surprisingly playful.
Shine On6 of 9
Gold finishes are gaining in popularity but rather than just a touch here or there, when it comes to incorporating the color at home, Adler says that more is more. "You can always use more shine and sparkle."
Curtain Call7 of 9
With a basic rod and a series of fabric panels—matching or not—you can quickly and affordably transform a room. In this case, Adler opted for panels in two different shades of blue. They play off of the varying hues in the bed linens and pillows.
Time Travel8 of 9
Forget staying true to a time period. For this bathroom, Adler mashed up styles: 2001-inspired Space Age, Hollywood Regency, and midcentury. He threw in a few feathers for good measure.
Great Outdoors9 of 9
An al fresco shower (like this one in Adler's Shelter Island, N.Y. home) is the ultimate relaxing and happy spot. If your budget won't allow for one, that's OK—even a simple garden hose attached to an outdoor showerhead will work.
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